CHESHIRE - Joseph Gross, 87, formerly of North Haven, died peacefully Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, at Elim Park Place, Cheshire.
He was born on the family farm in Branford, on Feb. 10, 1925, son of John and Lena Novak Gross. He was the husband of Virginia (Ginny) Hauser Gross, and celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary on Monday, Jan.21.
He is survived by his son, Martin (Denise) Gross, of Stratford; his daughter, Geraldine (Gerri) Gross, of Arlington, Mass.; and his two cherished grandchildren, Katie Gross, of Derby and Gregory Gross, of Milford. Also survived by brother, Walter (Pauline) Gross, of Ronan, Mont.; and sister, Helen (John) Kuhn, of Ashlar Village ,Wallingford; and seven nieces and nephews. Joseph was predeceased by brothers, Samuel, Frank, Charles, Casimir, Alex; and sisters, Stella Kaliscak, Anna Struzynski, and Jennie Gross. Joseph retired as a foreman from Pratt & Whitney after 35 years, and from the North Haven post office as a part-time employee after 21 years. He volunteered for 10 years, producing vegetables for the Connecticut Food Bank with Bill Liddell. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus.
Friends may visit at Sisk Brothers Funeral Home, 3105 Whitney Ave., Hamden, on Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at St. Thomas Becket in Cheshire at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, followed by internment at All Saints Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Elim Park Place Benevolence Fund, 140 Cook Hill Road, Cheshire, CT 06410.www.siskbrothers.com